CHEAPEST Way to Charge Tesla Model 3?Feb 27, 2020
Today is a beautiful day and that's great because I want to shoot in different locations and show you the different options that I would recommend for charging your
model3 and try to figure out what is the
cheapestor what might be the
cheapestfor you given your previous situation. , we have a lot of things to take care of so let's get it right so ulaana said before super
chargewill be free forever something that's unique about super
charger is that it's free so it's not just free now it's free forever , but unfortunately the economics didn't work out and no one really knows how much it costs to install a supercharger, but many people have tried to back up these numbers by using their financial reports in whatever kind of past statements they've made on earnings calls or in the media. , most people land at the two hundred and fifty thousand dollar mark which I think was posted in 2012 or 2013 the idea now ra is a bit different because people are using superchargers in ways that weren't originally intended and not just as their daily load and this has led to some network issues, shall we say, and one of these issues is when you use the supercharger too much Often what happens is it can actually damage your battery because the speed and heat generated from charging that fast will actually damage its ability to hold a charge.
The thing is, Tesla wants to protect their investment and they want batteries to last a long time, so it's important that they don't let you abuse them and remember that superchargers were designed for long distance travel, so this guy has it. I was using it in an unintentional way or you know, I don't know if you want to, you can be negative about it, but really, if you think about it, if you work somewhere and it's close to your job, you'll go. na do it often but doing it as your main source all the time is going to be bad for your car so it's important that you don't rely on superchargers a hundred percent of the time so the other problem is that the cost of Running these things and their maintenance will continue to grow as more people use them and try to add more.
Tesla in 2017 said they would try to double the number of superchargers. I think they got close to that, but there are many. them now and they keep growing and growing so this is an essential part of their infrastructure and they needed to have a way to make it financially viable and I think it's still a great option to charge and we'll look at that and a few other options here in a second , but when you think about it, a lot of us wanted this to be the case and it would be the easiest, but even because of the battery issue, it's not going to be your best option. i need other ways to charge so let's jump in and take a look at some of those now and for everyone wondering if these guitars aren't here just for show I play them so regular cost in San Diego where I live , just for charging without solar, anything else is 22 cents a kilowatt hour later at a certain time and what they call super off-peak now that's pretty expensive, the national average per kilowatt hour is 12 cents, so I'm using my data here because I want it to have a direct relationship to all the other comparisons I'm doing but in your case, you may find that charging at home with just your normal rates will be a very good option for you now, for of course you will have to install a charger either a wall charger or an outlet i think the wall charger is great if you have a nice looking garage and you want it to be aesthetically pleasing otherwise s Only the outlet is ok and the outlet that Tesla recommends is the NEMA 1450 and to do that you may even have to upgrade your panel so the cost can be nice I paid almost $2000 for mine because of the distance they were to lay the cable when the cable itself is expensive, so all those things that are considered your house will be the most convenient, and depending on your electricity rates, it may not. be the cheapest so another option is a public charger like the one behind me this is from a charging point and is one of the biggest in the US and prices can vary quite a bit depending on your location I have seen them here in San Diego anywhere from 25 cents to 60 cents a kilowatt hour so they are definitely more expensive than some of the other options I have here but something to consider as well is convenience now that they are close to a new subdivision of these townhomes that may or may not give you access to build one of these on your home so if this happens near your location where you live or work it may be the best option so I'll put some links to some of the largest networks that exist t in the US below and you can use them to gauge and find exactly what the rates may be in your area; however I haven't seen them be cheaper than any of the following options I'm going to show you so a good option is a supercharger surprisingly and looking at the data based on where you live this could be a really affordable option, now one of the challenges is the hustle and bustle and how crowded some of these are.
I'm here at the one in San Diego and there's about six cars lined up that have been waiting here for 30 minutes to an hour. I talked to a few people here and that's crazy because I think there are twelve or fourteen stalls here and it's really the only one in San Diego county is something to consider now if you live in Los Angeles or other places where there are a lot of superchargers then this will be a good option for you and surprisingly the cheapest out there which I didn't think. It was going to be the answer when I started doing watching this video and I started looking at the data so I'll put a map I built linked to the map I built in the description below where each state is shown and what the rates are as well as other countries in the world Tesla currently posts so all charging with the
model3 will cost money but convenience depends on location and this time it takes to do it and how busy it is all those things play but really this is a is a good option for a lot of people so you guys can guess this but there are some free options as well like the one behind me this is from Volta a company that is actually growing fast they have a lot of financial backing and it's really making this interesting because now it's free to charge here it's not a super fast DC charger or nearly as fast as say a Tesla supercharger so those would be They're still their fastest options of course, but this one's free and what they do is like showing you're an ad on the big screen while you wait for what's really new, it's like bringing what Google and Facebook have done online to the world physical, so I think it's really interesting and the challenge, as you can see from the cars piled up behind me, is that because they're free, they're very busy and hard to get into.
I've seen other places in LA that have them and a lot of them it's the same story, they're always full but if you work or live near one or here it's in a grocery store and it's there. I think this is a fantastic option but I'm not sure I can really trust it especially if you need to charge on a daily basis and that brings us here to my house where I have solar panels installed and this is going to be your cheapest option for charging your Model 3 or any Tesla now the way I looked at it was I took the cost of the install and then subtracted the incentives I amortize that cost over the life of the panel is the warranty which is about 20 to 25 years, depending on what you get, then I looked at the percentage of energy that my Tesla, my Model S, uses each month and then I took that percentage multiplied by that monthly cost breakdown afterwards. all said and done it's just under 10 cents per kilowatt hour and the Model 3 should be a bit more efficient than the Model S so it should be even less now that I still don't have enough model 3 data to figure it out exactly , but in any case it will be twice as cheap as the next cheapest option now, if you have the option and you have a house where you can get solar power and you are wondering how to do it, I will put a link Continue in the description of the way that i did where you submit your information to this website and all these different companies bid and give you this nice dashboard to compare and contrast and see what is going to be the best fit for you now.
I know not everyone can do that and that's why I wanted to explore those other options with you guys in the video here let me know what you decide what your options are and why and if you want to be a part of this and have a discussion closer to Tesla's omic family. you can join us at Tesla Mexico slash Jedi is a facebook group that is private just for us who are really into this stuff and really want to dig deeper so see you there and let me know what you decide and don't forget it when you release the data your mind will follow thanks for watching and i'll see you here next time oley
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